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Ben Samuel
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Attended Drexel University
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“For building server-side software, Haskell might be the closest thing to a secret weapon you’ll find today.”
— Carl Baatz
In 2012 I co-founded Better1, a startup building a new type of enterprise e-learning platform. Our goal was to make it faster and cheaper for large companies to develop, deliver, and analyse adaptive, cross-platform, multi-language, online courses. From day one, we decided to use Haskell as our ...
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The discussion about TPA and TPP seems to have been dominated by paranoid kooks.
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Windows programmers: what is so hard about writing comprehensible button labels? Is it that painful to create a dialog box where I don't have to squint at your mangled English to figure out what the buttons do? If a button is going to restart my damned computer, label it Restart. It really is that easy.
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The Windows UX guide encourages the use of links rather than labels for disparate tasks grouped in a single window. http://weblogs.asp.net/blogs/kennykerr/vista/admin.png
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I got about a quarter of the way around before I stopped getting the jokes. Looks like the Patriots are the team for me...
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An interesting take on Kagan's dissent in Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom PAC v. Bennett.
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local %ENV;
delete $ENV{LD_LIBRARY_PATH};
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Not that I'm condoning code golf on shipping code, but it turns out I only needed it in one place and putting LD_LIBRARY_PATH= on the invocation worked just as well.
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Fibonacci does other things than just the golden ratio. You can obviously use it to expand powers of a binomial expression, but it's also useful in other areas. Here's an example where it's used to manage data structures: http://goo.gl/6s7ENh (see the section on "Rebalancing") or http://goo.gl/jUKuv (see the section on releasing relationships)

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Wow.
Watch the full demo from the Battlefield 3 mission Thunder Run, as played by Executive Producer Patrick Bach at EA's 2011 E3 press conference. This mission
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Arlington, VA
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Alexandria, VA - Washington, DC - Philadelphia, PA - Fort Polk, LA - Frederick, MD
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Software Engineer
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  • Amazon Web Services
    Software Development Engineer, 2013 - present
  • White Oak Technologies, Inc.
    Computer Scientist, 2009 - 2013
  • US Army
    2004 - 2009
  • Unisys
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  • Drexel University
  • St. John's HS
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